Monday, February 20, 2006

How Is This Guy Still Allowed To Smile In Salisbury?

Unless the owners and management at WBOC are trying to turn a once good TV news department and run it into the ground, it's time to wipe that silly smirk off his airheaded face.

For months now, every month without fail someone has always made it a point to leave. There are nearly as many producers needed as there are on staff. Their morning show idea has been described as painful, awful, and worse and worse every day. Professionalism was not a requirement for that gig. Reporters can't wait, can't WAIT until their contracts are up and they can leave. Most of them know the exact day that is, and at the same time laugh that they aren't counting. No, of course not. This is the same guy who demoted Steve Hammond, who is as well liked as anyone on Delmarva and whose professionalism is only exceeded by the character that makes him who he is. He was replaced by someone most everyone in Salisbury and beyond consider part of the problem at the station. And while you can't just let Hammond go, if you're the weekend sports anchor, you are as well liked and well respected in the newsroom and in the field as most anyone else there, but you've also been treated like crap from the time Bob Laun quit, until she was told her contract won't be renewed this spring. They decided to do the counting for her. Just the latest in a long run of idiotic decisions that has staff morale at an all-time low.

The WBOC that once was isn't anything close to what it is today. It's now virtually unrecognizable on the inside to many who were in the not so distant past. The content, the standards, and the product have declined and people notice. There's the saying, floggings will continue until morale improves. Floggings would likely be an improvement compared to how many are treated now.

Now watching the news, it's obvious a lot of their reporters work hard, and some of them are clearly better than others at what they do. But it's hard to think that the man pictured above could do a worse job running the show there. Lucky for them, the folks running WMDT are more than content to half-ass it and keep their reporters and producers focused on moving on as well.


At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morale? Who needs it. That's the attitude, and JD has openly said he doesn't care about it. A reporter wants to leave? There's a line around the block of eager recent graduates fighting for the chance to get in the door. He thinks he's some sort of newsroom Patton. While he hasn't slapped any of his staff yet, he has knocked plenty of them around verbally. Why is he still there? He has some awesome graphhics, a great on air look, and most importantly, ratings are still sky high. It's tough to argue with the on air product. And he will still get his nose plenty brown with the higher ups to ensure his place. All this means he can keep smiling as long as he wants. By the way, has anyone seen Summers? It is a ratings period, right?

At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Survey says...!

"WBOC-TV anchor Steve Summers has left his perch behind the station’s newsdesk, the local newsgathering operation announced Wednesday.

Station manager Rick Jordan said in an e-mail message sent to the station’s staff, “Steve Summers has resigned from WBOC/UPN21 to pursue other interests. I want to thank everyone for filling the gap, and appreciate your willingness to assist us wherever necessary in the interim.”"

I hear that, upon this announcement, several employees found true enlightenment, three were cured of cancer, and flowers started growing in the hallway....and if I wrote it, it must be true.

At 2:17 PM, Blogger Dickie Dunn said...

Hey, that's Paul Newman's line.

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The content, the standards, and the product have declined..."
Boy, that's the understatement of the year...


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